When a supplement is methylated, it becomes most absorbable for the body. The methylation process is the natural process our bodies does in order to break down anything we eat.
Folic acid is not absorbable by the body. Anytime we have a label that claims “enriched” or “fortified” this means it was sprayed with Folic Acid. This is a toxin and the body doesn’t break this down without adverse reactions.
When our bodies start to ingest these toxins, we start to have reactions such as digestive issues, colon complications, depression, anxiety, and if you have the MTHFR mutation, you will struggle even worse. Our bodies are not made to constantly break down toxins, so when our cells are under constant toxin stress, it starts to weaken overtime and our digestion starts to get more sluggish. When our digestion gets more sluggish, we start to not absorb the nutrients needed to maintain a healthy body.
Here are some of the signs and symptoms of MTHFR
Anxiety or depression
Difficulty falling pregnant
High blood pressure
Low folate levels
How does methyl-folate help with MTHFR?
In order to understand the MTHFR mutation, it’s important to understand the role that this particular gene plays in the body. The MTHFR gene helps the body convert folic acid into its active form, methyl-folate. Methyl folate plays a huge role in your overall health; supporting detoxification, hormone balance, and metabolism. This gene is also responsible for helping the body break down an amino acid called homocysteine. When you have the MTHFR gene mutation, your body is unable to properly break down built up homocysteine, which can lead to high blood pressure, an increased risk of stroke, and problems with the eyes, joints, and cognition. When it comes to the MTHFR gene mutation, there are two particular variations that cause the biggest issues: A1298C and C677T. It’s possible to have a mutation in both variations.
MTHFR-this is a mutation that affects nearly 40% of people. If you have MTHFR, avoid folic acid! Since the MTHFR gene helps the body convert folic acid into its active form, this can lead to a buildup of folic acid in the body, causing cardiovascular and other health issues. When it comes to understanding the difference between folate and folic acid, it’s important to know that the body can use folate even in the case of an MTHFR gene mutation, but not folic acid. Here’s the difference between the two: Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that helps with the production of red blood cells in the body and plays an important role in preventing birth defects. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is commonly found in supplements, but the body cannot utilize.
When you supplement methyl-folate, you are aiding your digestive system, small intestinal health, large intestinal health, as well as the bodies natural detoxification process. This will only boost the bodies overall health and maintain that health for longevity.
Methyl-folate is also great for aiding in sleep as well as depression and anxiety.
Sleep-if you struggle to sleep, or are waking up at the same time every night, this is the bodies way of explaining it needs the proper nutrients to cleanse an organ or build up a bodily system. Try taking 400mcg before bed and see how good you start to sleep all night long.
Depression- There has been found in studies that patients with folate deficiencies produce neuropsychiatric manifestations such as depression. Patients with depression and folate deficiencies showed a poorer response to standard treatments. Studies also show that folate deficiencies can cause depressive symptoms with longer duration of depressive episodes. So to improve response to antidepressants, it is wise to take folate as well.
Methyl-folate is the only form of folate that crosses the blood-brain barrier. This helps in the production of serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine; all of which take part in the regulation of mood and antidepressant mechanisms. About 70% of those struggling with depression have the MTHFR mutation so their body is unable to convert folic acid to methyl-folate, therefore supplementing methyl-folate will aid in soothing depressive symptoms.